February 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Chance, the retriever-mix who was found with a bullet wound on the Viejas reservation earlier this week, was released from the animal hospital and arrived at the County Animal Services shelter in San Diego yesterday. X-rays show tremendous improvement in the dog’s lungs and his prognosis is very good.
Animal Services is now accepting applications for Chance’s adoption. The public can visit http://www.sddac.com/docs/Special_Adoption.pdf for an application.
February 25, 2012 (La Mesa)-- San Diego County Library is partnering with the San Diego chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA San Diego) to bring romance authors to local readers. All authors will be signing books for fans, and select titles will be available for sale. On Saturday, February 25 at 1 p.m, romance authors Jill Limber, Georgie Lee, Toni Noel, and Terry Blain will be at the La Mesa City Council Chambers (next door to the La Mesa Library), 8130 Allison Ave.
Ron Roberts, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors calls for letter grades, mobile phone aps for consumers to check ratings
February 25, 2012 (San Diego) – Supervisor Ron Roberts has announced plans to introduce county legislation to create a grading system for the expanding fleet of local food trucks, which have increased dramatically in popularity across the county.
The measure follows investigations by the UT San Diego and ECM news partner 10 News, which found that about half of all food trucks received at least one violation notice from county health officials. However, unlike restaurant records, food truck health safety records are not available online. http://www.10news.com/news/30393605/detail.html.
February 25, 2012 (Valley Center)—Marc Thompson of Valley Center has been arrested for igniting a trailer with his fiancé inside following a domestic violence dispute last night. The woman, Christina English, was able to escape without injury.
February 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- This Saturday, the San Diego Naturalization Collaborative will host a free Citizenship Application Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Diego City College Learning Resource Center, 1313 Park Blvd. in San Diego.
This newly formed coalition has launched the You Are America campaign to raise awareness about the importance of becoming a U.S. citizen and to help residents navigate the citizenship process locally.
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Richard Darvas, a freelance investigative journalist who has won awards for his reporting in East County Magazine, has painstakingly dissected the case of William Richards, a prisoner whom the San Diego-based California Innocence Project believes was falsely convicted of murder.
By Miriam Raftery
February 24, 2012 (La Mesa)—A special meeting of the La Mesa Youth Advsory Commission will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 25 at Nan Couts Cottage, 5045 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. The agenda will consider a Teen Summit with La Mesa teens to discuss issues of concern, plus desires for community programs and services for teens.
February 24,2012 (La Mesa) -- Youngsters from throughout Southern California and Arizona will compete for trophies and points during two days of Soap Box Derby Rally Races on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5 in La Mesa. The Drew Ford/Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Derby Races provide valuable experience for the 7-17-year old race car drivers as two-by-two they roll down the sloping race course on Junior High Drive next to La Mesa Middle School, achieving speeds up to 24 mph.
EL CAJON PACIFIC WESTERN BANK ROBBED: FBI BELIEVES SUSPECT IS “INSISTENT BANDIT” WANTED FOR 5 HEISTS
CPUC WILL HOLD HEARING IN SAN DIEGO APRIL 5 ON SDG&E REQUEST TO CHARGE RATEPAYERS FOR WILDFIRE COSTS
February 24, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego County residents will finally have a chance to tell the California Public Utilities Commission what they think about San Diego Gas & Electric’s proposal to charge ratepayers $463.9 million for the utility’s uninsured losses due to the 2007 wildfires caused by its poorly maintained power lines.
Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon will hold a public participation hearing on April 5 from 4-9 p.m. at the Al Bar Shriner Auditorium , 4330 Kearny Mesa Road in San Diego.
The announcement follows a February 21, 2012 “Turko Files” KUSI TV investigative report which revealed over a dozen private meetings in which SDG&E executives wined and dined CPUC Commissioner Simon, who is acting as a judge on this matter: http://www.kusi.com/story/16988213/almost-anything-goes.
TAKING SAN DIEGO OFF-GRID: FILNER SHARES PLANS FOR REGIONAL ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND ULTIMATELY, UTILITY SERVICE OWNED BY THE PEOPLE
February 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- What if San Diego produced its own electricity with solar on rooftops and parking garage covers? Imagine if San Diego became its own utility provider—instead of SDG&E.
That’s exactly what Congressman and mayoral candidate Bob Filner proposed in a brainstorming session with top regional experts at part I of “Forging a Sustainable Future.” (Part II takes place March 3-4 at San Diego State University. Filner will be among those speaking.)
The implications of his proposals are staggering.
February 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- This petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Keep-IHSS-out-of-Managed-Care/ is calling for an IHSS "carve-out", to keep the present IHSS program (which enables me to hire my own caregivers/assistants) as an option apart from total inclusion within a new managed care mandate.
By Brian Lafferty
February 24, 2012 (San Diego) – Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist. Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba’s Chico & Rita. These are three vastly different animated films from three different countries, but they share a trait rarely seen in animated films: they live and breathe humanism and portray close, heartfelt relationships.
- Community meeting discussing Quail Brush Power Plant Feb. 28 (Santee Patch)
- Grossmont expands school enrollment choices for some (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- San Diego Gas & Electric wants you to pay for its negligence (San Diego Reader)
- Nature reclaims local cold war relic (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Hunter introduces bill to name Ramona Post Office after Mac McWilliams (Ramona Patch)
- Helix claims Hills League title with tiebreaking victory over Grossmont (La Mesa Patch)
- Veterans recover from war wounds on the farm (MSNBC)
- SDPD Oversight Board Faces Favoritism Accusations
- Prop 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case (Sacramento Bee)
- Jerry Brown: California to reopen trade offices in China (Sacramento Bee)
February 23, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – Six bullet casings have been recovered following reports of gunshots heard around 6:13 p.m. in the 800 block of Grand Avenue in Lemon Grove tonight.
According to witnesses, the apartment complex next to Shorty’s Tire Shop was hit by gunfire. Two vehicles reportedly fled the scene, a two-door black BMW and a dark blue Ford Bronco, Lieutenant J.T. Faulkner with the Lemon Grove Sheriff station reports.
By Serena Scaglione
February 23, 2012 (El Cajon)--More than 150 parents, students and members of East County communities attended last week’s special board meeting at West Hills High School to stand for or against the Board’s decision last November to change the district’s boundaries.
Despite numerous pleas to the Board to rescind the boundary changes, the Board voted four to one to keep the new boundaries in place, with trustee Priscilla Schreiber casting the only "no" vote.
ONE-THIRD OF CA STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FINANCIAL JEOPARDY: 6 LOCAL DISTRICTS AT RISK--3 IN EAST COUNTY
Grossmont, Borrego and Ramona districts may fail to meet financial obligations
February 23, 2012 (Sacramento)—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson warned today that the latest review of school district budgets shows that one-third of public school students in California attend a district in financial jeopardy. That includes seven districts in San Diego County—three of them in East County.
Aztecs beat Cincinnati, but lose to UC Davis
DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SAVE MONEY ON A GREAT “GREEN” EVENT: ROBERT F. KENNEDY KEYNOTES SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE MARCH 3-4 AT SDSU
By Nancy Clement
February 23, 2012 (San Diego) –Stargazer and trail guide George Varga will lead a stargazing party at Mission Trails Regional Park on February 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Participants at the event, four days after the New Moon, can expect to view deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula, the Crab Nebula in Taurus and much more. The Crab Nebula (photo, left) is the result of a supernova that occurred in 1054 AD and was recorded by Chinese observers.
By Miriam Raftery
February 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Facing a $1.3 million budget deficit, San Miguel Fire District has announced it will accept request for proposals (RFPs) to potentially outsource services including firefighting and fire prevention—core operations for the beleaguered district.
The news ires some district residents, who contend that taxpayers are getting burned.